1 Commonly Called, The Third Book of the Kings
1 Adonijah seeks to be king
1 Adonijah seeks to be king
2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, [b]Let there be sought for my lord the king [c]a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her [d]cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Josh. 19:18Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and ch. 4:18Shimei, and Rei, and 2 Sam. 23:8the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of 2 Sam. 3:4Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.
13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, 1 Chr. 22:9Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.
17 And she said unto him, My lord, ver. 13,30thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
18 And now behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:
19 ver. 7-9,25And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.
20 And thou, my lord O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
22 And lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.
23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.
24 And Nathan said, My lord O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
25 ver. 19For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, 1 Sam. 10:24[m]God save king Adonijah.
26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.
27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?
29 And the king sware, and said, 2 Sam. 4:9As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,
30 ver. 17Even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.
31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Neh. 2:3;Dan 2:4Let my lord king David live for ever.
32 Solomon anointed king
32 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.
34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet 1 Sam. 10:1;& 16:3,12;2 Sam. 2:4;& 5:3;ch. 19:16;2 Ki. 9:3;& 11:12anoint him there king over Israel: and 2 Sam. 15:10;2 Ki 9:13;& 11:14blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.
35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the Lord God of my lord the king say so too.
37 Josh. 1:5,17;1 Sam. 20:13As the Lord hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and ver. 47make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.
38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, 2 Sam. 8:18;& 23:20-23and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.
39 And Zadok the priest took a horn of Ex. 30:23,25,32;Ps. 89:20oil out of the tabernacle, and 1 Chr. 29:22anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; 1 Sam. 10:24and all the people said, God save king Solomon.
41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar?
42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for 2 Sam. 18:27thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.
44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule:
45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.
46 And also Solomon 1 Chr. 29:23sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, ver. 37God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. Gen. 47:31And the king bowed himself upon the bed.
48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath ch. 3:6;Ps. 132:11,12given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.
49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
50 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and ch. 2:28caught hold on the horns of the altar.
51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, 1 Sam. 14:45;2 Sam. 14:11there shall not a hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.
54 David's last words and death